The provincial government in Anhui province said online that on Sunday floodwaters breached levees protecting the town of Guzen and left area residents trapped.
Wang Qingjun, Guzhen’s Communist Party secretary, told the official Xinhua News Agency that floodwater rose as high as 10 feet in the region.
CHINA FLOODING DEATH TOLL RISES AS SURGING WATERS TRIGGER NEW ALERTS, DAM BLASTED
State media outlets reported that around 1,500 firefighters rushed to rescue those in the province, where weeks of heavy rain have disrupted the lives of more than 3 million people.
The Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture government said a landslide along the Qingjiang River increased the threat of dam failure there, according to the Global Times.
China’s Meteorological Administration warned that more heavy rain along the Yellow River and Huai River is expected over the next three days.
In Jiangxi province, 45-year-old Xu Yongxiang told China Youth Daily his village of Liufang had been without running water or electricity for almost a week.
“We do not have 1 inch of dry ground. It has all been flooded," he said online.
DEVASTATING CHINA FLOODING PUTS CONTROVERSIAL THREE GORGES DAM UNDER NEW SCRUTINY
Last week, the controversial Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze opened three floodgates as the water level behind the massive dam rose more than 50 feet above flood level.
Additional rainfall is putting renewed pressure on the dam, which straddles the mighty Yangtze River.